Piedmont Station

Piedmont Station (HMRWW)

Location: Delaplane, VA 20144 Fauquier County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.89', W 77° 55.263'

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By Train to Manassas

— First Manassas Campaign —

Here at Piedmont Station (now Delaplane) trains were used forthe first time in history to move troops to impending battle.On July 19, 1861 the fields surrounding this stop on theManassas Gap Railroad—which appeared then almost exactly asthey do today—were filled with thousands of volunteer soldiers, members of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate Army of the Shenandoah. A single steam locomotive was on hand to move the army to Manassas Junction, then threatened with Federal attack. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson's 1st Brigade, ordered here from their bivouac in the meadows just south of Paris, were loaded onto freight and cattle cars for the first transport, which took eight hours to cover the 30 miles to Manassas.

Sunday morning. July 21, Jackson's troops marched from Manassas Junction to Henry House Hill to participate in the first major battle of the Civil War. There Jackson would earn the immortal title "Stonewall."

That same day the final brigade to leave this station was delayed en route when the train collided with an unspecifiedobstruction. Suspecting sabotage by railroad officials, the Confederates held a military trial, found the conductor guiltyof bribery and intentionally wrecking the train, and executed him on the spot.
Series This marker is part of the Manassas Gap Railroad series, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series.
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 246734 N 4311382
Decimal Degrees38.91483333, -77.92105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.89', W 77° 55.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 53.40" N, 77° 55' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3050-3098 State Rte 712, Delaplane VA 20144, US
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